Sunday, February 5, 2017

Wash & Go + Review feat. Diva By Cindy ♥

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a great weekend.  Mine has been pretty good and productive--just how I like it! Anyways, I'm making this post for you guys to share with you one of my new FAVORITE curly hair brands: Diva By Cindy!

Diva By Cindy graciously sent me these products to test out and review for them, and let me just say I AM IN LOVE!  I will write a few brief blurbs here, but I will also link the video that I just uploaded on my YouTube channel which goes in to much more detail.  

So first let me give you the product list:

1. Diva By Cindy Moisture Shampoo
2. Diva By Cindy Stimulating Conditioner
3. Diva By Cindy Leave-In Detangling Conditioner
3. Diva By Cindy Super Gro

I have been testing these products out for about the past two weeks now and I am very impressed.  When used together, they make my hair feel so moisturized and light weight.  On all of the bottles, you'll see that they are geared to promote longer, healthier hair.  And who doesn't want that, right?! In just two weeks, I really can see a difference in my hair.  

The shampoo does the job.  It really cleans my scalp and keeps my hair moisturized.  The shampoo smells like an orange dreamsicle and is sulfate and alcohol free! Because of this, my hair is not left feeling dry afterwards at all. Sulfates and alcohols can really dry out your hair, especially for culy girls, so we try to avoid those most of the time.  I like that these products do not contain those ingredients.

But the shining star out of this whole bunch is the Stimulating Conditioner.  As I mentioned in my video, I suffered from hair loss about two years back and my hair just hasn't been the same since.  It was falling out for a while, and just over the past year and a half has it started to show some life again and stop falling out.  But I must say, this conditioner has really turned my scalp around! It has ingredients like menthol and peppermint that really opens up your scalp, gets in there and gets the blood flowing.  I feel this conditioner working the second it hits my scalp which is so reassuring to me. I have definitely noticed a slight difference in length in just a couple of weeks.  Around my edges where most of my hair-loss occurred, and at the root of my crown is where I feel/see the most difference.  So please believe I will be purchasing more of these products. 

I also believe that the Super Gro has a lot to do with the growth I see in my hair because it has a few of the same ingredients that the conditioner has to really get your scalp working.  I use the Super Grow right after I wash or wet my hair and have de-tangled with the Diva By Cindy de-tangling conditioner! 

Again, for more information PLEASE press play on the video riighhttt down there and I would greatly appreciate it. My curls are struggling to come back to life due to hair loss and heat damage, but these products are really helping to push them along and to promote healthy new growth!  Don't forget to check out the Diva By Cindy website, and follow her on Instagram: @divabycindy. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Power of Crystals ♥

Good morning beautiful people! I woke up this morning in New York feeling good, feeling great! If you follow me on Instagram you'd know that I have been here for almost a week now. It really has been an inspiring trip.  I've had lots of time to just sit back and reflect on myself and on my life.  But I will have an entire post on later later.  This post all about, you guess it!--the power of crystals!

First off, let me start by saying that I am a believer of God, but I am also a very spiritual person.  I wouldn't call myself "religious" because I do not choose to believe in one religion in particular.  Instead, I keep and open mine and attend masses of different kinds of churches on my own time.  And I choose to have a more spiritual connection with my Higher Power.  With all of that being said, I am very much into astrology, crystals, the whole occult (if you don't know what that is, look it up)! I believe in science, but I believe God created science.  I believe in astrology and zodiac, because I don't believe God created stars in the sky for us to look just look at.  I believe the stars are a blueprint of us.  And I believe in the healing power of crystals because I don't believe God created pretty rocks to sit there for us to play with.  I believe they are packed with energies and that as human beings, we have the power to harness those energies if we so choose. You may disagree with this philosophy, you may find it intriguing, or you might be like, "damn Krystle, you're kinda late on this stuff!" And isn't my name so fitting? Krystle...Crystal!

Anyways, getting more involved in crystal energies is a new found interest of mine that I have really enjoyed looking into.  There is this really cute crystal shop about 15 minutes from my house and I recently went and picked up several crystals.  I took a picture of them and kind of wanted to explain each one to you and how they can help.  

So I'm going to start with the pale pink one.  That one is Rose Quartz.  According to the description in the store I visited, rose quartz is the "stone of gentle love."  It promotes compassion, attracts romance, and allows one to speak from the heart.  It also helps soothes loneliness and heartache.  So are you looking for a boo? Or are you going through a break up? If so, grab a rose quartz stone, bracelet, or pendant and keep it on you!

The light blue stone at the top is Beryl.  Beryl brings creativity, reduces tiredness, and increases intelligence.  It also promotes the will to succeed and heals the heart and the spine.  Honestly, I picked up this one because it said it reduces tiredness, and boy was I feeling tired towards the end of 2016! In the mornings when I was feeling extra fatigued at work, I'd pop this bad boy out of my purse and just hold on to it while I sat at my desk!

Going straight down to the round, dark one all the way at the bottom, that one is Smokey Quartz.  Smokey Quartz is an excellent grounding stone.  It removes negative energy and transforms it into positive energy.  Smokey Quartz relieves stress, fear, jealousy, and anger.  So the number one reason I picked up this stone was because of the reference to transforming negative into positive.  Although I am generally a positive person, I can sometimes catch some bad vibes.  When I do, I grab onto this stone and meditate with it.  I also like the fact that it relieves stress and jealousy.  I am someone who can stress out over the smallest things sometimes, and because I'm a Scorpio I'm naturally a little on the jealous side.  I felt like this little stone spoke to me :).

Pyrite is the perfect sphere in the center with gold reflects on it.  Pyrite attracts money and good fortune!  I was sitting at my desk at work a few days after I purchased these crystals and decided to pick up the Pyrite stone because it was so spherical and small.  So I held it in my hand for a while as a I went on about my daily work duties.  Later that day when I get home and checked my personal e-mail, I had an e-mail from a company who wanted to compensate for a partnership and video.  While this may have been a coincidence, I choose to believe my little Pyrite had a little something to do with that!

The big gray-blue stone is called Labradorite, the "stone of transformation and transition."  Labradorite puts you on your path towards your purpose in life.  It clears and balances the aura, deflects unwanted energies from the aura, and prevents energy leakage. This is probably the first stone that really caught my attention when I stepped in the store. The stone was gorgeous but the meaning was everything I needed.  This is literally my 2017 stone.  This is the year I NEED to stay on m path towards my purpose.  And I do not want to be bothered by any unwanted energy.  I need my positive energy sealed up so it can't go anywhere!

The tiny clear one at the top is just a regular Quartz.  Quartz is the universal stone and is known as the "master healer."  Quartz amplifies energy and thought, as well as the energies of other crystals.  I always keep my crystals stored together with a quartz stone so they have all of their energy power PLUS more.

And finally, the last pretty stone all the way to the right is Moon Stone.  Ladies, get ready! Moon Stone helps with PMS! It provides emotional balance and brings positive change. It is also called the "traveler's stone," and increases intuition.  I'm pretty sure everyone with a period can use this stone.  Cramping up? Hold onto this baby for dear life.  And maybe since it provides emotional balance it'll save your boo a few curse-out sessions when it's that time of the month!

Please let me know down in the comments if any of you use crystals! And if you have any questions or if you'd like to see more posts on crystals, like how to meditate with them or how to clean them, let me know! I hope this post was interesting and helpful! And I hope you all are having a positive start to your day! 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Favorite Things: January ♥

Hey friends! This is my first blog post of 2017! I took a little break towards the end of the year because I was just a little unsure of the direction my blog was going. I love style and taking outfit pictures, but to be honest, I think I did so much of those posts last year because they were easy and didn't require that much time. This year I am not taking the easy way out! This year, 2017, is the year I go all out towards my goals and towards the things I want.  Just just expect a little more lifestyle/fitness related posts from me.  And even some weight loss check ins, too.  I will definitely continue to do outfit posts, but they'll just been sprinkled in.

With that being said, I just really wanted me make a quick post about a few of my favorite little things that I've been obsessing over this month.  Now, I know this month isn't over, but I wanted to do it anyways.  I feel like we're half way through the month and that's good enough.  Not to mention, some of these things I have been using for a little while so I already know they're favorites.  But anyways, let's just get into it!

So first up on my list of favorite things this month is my favorite perfume at the moment: Prada Candy Kiss.  I am a huge Prada Candy fan, but this time I wanted to switch it up.  I don't know if purchasing from the same line counts as switching it up lol, but for someone who loves the original like I do, it's a big step! I bought it for myself for my birthday in November and it's been going strong ever since.  Prada Candy Kiss has all the same sugary goodness as the original but it's got a sexy, muskiness to it that I love, as well.  

Next, I can't get enough of my "Everyone Loves a Scorpio," pencil case.  Everyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with astrology--I am a true Scorpio.  My little cousin got me this pencil pouch for Christmas, and it's perfect! It matches my pale pink wallet, and planner, and it's the perfect size to take some pretty pens and a few washi tapes with me wherever I go!

Third, and this may have been my #1 favorite this month, was the book the Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. One of my resolutions this year is to read at least a book a month.  This is my first finished book of 2017 and I have got to say I absolutely loved it! The author is amazing and the story line is so cute.  Without handing out any spoilers, this book is about a young, interracial romance, and how fate basically brought them together.  You will laugh and cry hysterically in this book.  It was such a light and easy read, and the perfect start to a year of good reads!

Finally, the catalog pictured is actually a Lush catalog.  I am loving Lush lately! I have always been obsessed with their bath bombs and bubble bars, I recently branched off into their hair products.  Because I have started my Say No to Heat 2017 challenge, I have really been looking for ways to take care of my curly hair, and to promote healthy growth.  So far this month I have tried a few samples, but my favorite is the Avo Co-wash.  I actually bought the whole bar, and I was a little skeptical because it was like $15 for a little bar.  But a little goes a LONG way and I love how the product makes me hair feel and smell! In addition to their hair products, as I've mentioned before, I love their bath stuff.  My current favorite bath bombs are the Experimenter and Twilight! If you haven't taken yourself a Lush bath with a book and a glass of wine lately, you are missing out on some serious R&R time.  

Anyways, I hope you all are having a great 2017 so far.  Comment down below what some of your favorite little things have been so far this month!  
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Designer Wood Watch from JORD! ♥

First off, let me just state how grateful I am that JORD reached out to me and asked me to work with them on this campaign.  I have seen JORD wood watches floating around on Instagram and Pinterest and have always been so intrigued.  But I definitely was not expecting an e-mail to help represent them! Thank you so much to JORD for this amazing opportunity. 
Now let me get into the review for this watch. It definitely did not take me long to fall in love with this watch.  As a matter of fact, I fell it love with it before I even put it on.  From the watch itself down to the packaging, the quality is outstanding.  It came packaged so nicely, in a large, wooden box.  Inside was a watch cleaner, a little microfiber cloth, and the extra links they took off of my watch for sizing.  It came clasped around this cute little pillow looking so unique and so gorgeous!
This watch is so unique and so light weight! For the longest time I have been wanting to get myself a Michael Kors watch, but they can be so bulky and heavy.  This watch is perfect! And the colors I picked are amazing.  I loved the dark wood with the rose gold touches.  It makes this watch so feminine. But JORD makes women's watches, men's watches, and some are even unisex! There is truly a watch on their site for everyone.  Because there are so many different unique options, these watches make for the perfect gifts.  With the holidays coming up, or if you're like me and have a million people to buy birthday gifts for this time of year, JORD is a great idea.  Watches are a great gift for a grandparent, parent, spouse, or friend! 

The good news is, JORD is giving away a $25 e-gift code to everyone who fills out this form! The giveaway closes on December 18th, 2016 at 11:59 PM. The e-gift code will be valid through February 28th, 2017, and you still have time to order before Christmas! Below are some more pictures of my JORD watch.  I hope this gives you ideas, and I really hope you all check out their site.  I will have all the links down below for you as well! 

For Men's Watches CLICK HERE
For Women's Watches CLICK HERE
To Enter the Giveaway CLICK HERE

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. All opinions are my own.